Take Note: Sustainable Notebooks Made From Recycled Paper

| 8/10/2010 1:35:54 PM

When it comes to school supplies, it’s no surprise notebooks have the highest environmental impact. On every back-to-school list for all age groups, no student goes to school without a notebook. That explains why Americans use 85 million tons of paper per year, which divides up to 680 pounds per person.

Thankfully notebooks made from recycled paper have been popping up everywhere, covering a range of prices. Buying notebooks made from recycled paper is one of the easiest and best ways to green your back-to-school shopping. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.

While there are many affordable recycled options out there, I tend to migrate towards the notebooks with prettier covers. A colorful design might be pricier, but I just can’t resist bright colors and a print that makes me smile.

Ecojot’s whimsical prints have me wishing I could go back to elementary school. I can’t decide if my college classmates would smile or sneer when they caught a glimpse of this notebook printed with colorful birds.

Ecojot bird notebook
This bright Ecojot notebook is filled with 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste paper. Photo Courtesy Ecojot.

All of the glues and inks used to construct Ecojot’s notebooks are vegetable-based and biodegradable. Filled with 100 percent post-consumer waste paper, they are eco-friendly from cover to cover. At $12 a notebook, they are a little bit pricier, but their adorable patterns are irresistible. Ecojot notebooks are available online, or at Barnes and Noble and other national retailers